Friday, March 16, 2012

Zoo Fun

This year we decided to take the plunge and get a zoo membership. I figured my kids would feel right at home there :) and now we can go whenever we want to. We went twice in the first three days of having the pass. Colby was especially fun to watch since he's at that age when this stuff is so exciting.
He really loved the zebras.
 Giraffes are such an interestingly cool animal.
 When Colby saw this ostrich he exclaimed, "that's a REALLY BIG chicken!"
 Matthew's impersonation of this bull.
 Leelee's first trip to the zoo and we didn't take a single good picture! Darn it all!
 Had to sneak at least one of Rex in there.
Here's to many more fun trips to the zoo this year! We're gonna make this dang pass pay for itself over and over again!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Walking Warriors

A couple of weeks ago when it was Dr. Seuss' birthday, which is like the biggest "school" holiday of the year, my children's school held a book parade. I was trying to ignore it, but of course my kids think they need to participate in every single school activity/event that comes around. I hmmed and hawed when they would bring it up and you know Gracie, the blatant hint dropper, would say things like, "Gee, I sure wish we had a wagon..." Because that was one of the suggestions for what to make your float on. The only help I gave them was recommending they use the stroller as the base for their float (it was all we had to work with) and they just ran with it. I think they chose the Warriors (a book about cats living in the wild) because they knew they could pretty easily throw something together.  They gathered up all their stuffed cats, tied them to the stroller, cut out and taped some grass, made some posters and some cat ears and viola! they had themselves a float. They were all so excited to get to participate and I was so proud of them for working together and having such a great time with each other. And all I had to do was buy the posterboard and the headbands! 

A little side note- There was this great float for the book "Matched". See the girl in the green dress under the umbrella in the background of this photo? I didn't even notice it until they were almost done with the parade and when I saw it I thought it was awesome, she had her arms up and in the pose the whole time (search the book online if you have no idea what I'm talking about). Then we got to the end and they started taking apart their float before I could get a picture and I was a little bummed, but when I went through the pictures later there it was in the background.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ride Like the Wind

About a month and a half ago Colby learned how to ride a two-wheeler. I credit his push bike for him being able to do this at the tender young age of 3 1/2. Rex (5 1/2) can't even ride without training wheels yet and I feel bad for him. But Colby likes to think he's a little stud so here's a little video of him doing some "tricks" (going off the curb and standing on the pedals). Next on his list is poppin' a wheelie (our next door neighbor can do some amazing ones and Colby idolizes and wants to emulate him).

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Never Too Late For a Little Love

Yeah, so I'm a little behind on the blogging, what else is new? 

Everybody needs a little Valentine like this. She melts hearts wherever we go.  We live in the thick of Snowbird country and she gets fawned over every time we go out. Old people love babies, well most of them, and it was especially true on this day because of how cute and Valentiney she looked. I was kind of bummed I didn't get a better picture of her, she was tired and wouldn't smile for me. But that tongue! Oh, that pointy tongue of hers! And oh those kissariffic cheeks!

 And this little guy breaks hearts wherever we go! And can't pass up an opportunity to try on Leelee's headbands!
 I love this picture, but I really wish that remote wasn't in there! :)
 It's a tradition- Papa Murphy's heart-shaped pizzas for dinner, going on four or five years now... and don't you just love how we all dressed for the occasion? My boys were more into it than Gracie and I were.
 And what could be better on Valentine's Day than homemade chocolate covered strawberries? Nothing, I tell you. Nothing! And oh the kids had so much fun making them.
 And even more fun eating them.
 Does she look a little cross-eyed in this picture or is it just me?
 The love is just flowing out of him!
We hope everyone else had a great Valentine's Day! Lots of love to everyone!